Truth time: I have never read the story of Daniel in the lions den. I had heard it, probably a few times via Veggie Tales. When I saw that my readings today included the story of Daniel in the lions den I was thrilled!
Daniel’s devotion and trust in the Lord is of course the main point of the story–he is recovered without even a scratch! Do you want to know what I found especially interesting? King Darius didn’t want to throw Daniel in the lion den, but he did anyway. He was pained over it, tried to save his life for hours, and when night finally came he couldn’t sleep he was in such distress.
Then he rejoiced when Daniel lived and punished those who had enforced the mandate saying Daniel was to be thrown in the den.
In this whole story I am just amazed by King Darius.
All I can see is the grace. God isn’t angry at the King for following some decree, He doesn’t demand more punishment. He happily keeps Daniel alive, by faith, and then God’s power is reinforced and declared to the kingdom.
I just think that’s amazing.
The rest of the readings are filled with great things, a few verses I want to highlight for you to meditate on.
“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24
“A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.” Proverbs 16:28
“It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble.” Luke 17:2
“One of them, when he saw was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him–and he was a Samaritan.” Luke 17:15
Think on a few of these verses today and search your heart. Have a happy Thanksgiving and love on the family you have–especially the ones that are difficult to love!